I absolutely love collaborating with new photographers. There's a high I get working with someone who's magic the industry hasn't seen yet.
Cue Wally J. Parker. Wally is a up and coming photographer in Toronto. I've known her for about 2 years but only recently discovered her love for the camera. When she started posting some of her shots, I sent her a message saying something along the lines of "Girl, yaaaas, we GOTTA work together!" And naturally she said, "Girl, yaaaaas! I'm SO DOWN".
Usually I discuss my vision with anyone I work with but for some reason, that didn't feel necessary with Wally. Her work honestly speaks for itself and she's no badass yet gentle that I was totally confident she knew what she was doing. One thing you may not suspect about me, is that I HATE taking photos in super public spaces. I get all insecure with people watching me and potentially judging me! So to my surprise, Wally chose Distillery District aka a super public location 😂. I didn't tell Wally this, but I rolled with it anyways because if anything, I can look at the shots she took so far to reassure me that I look good, right? WRONG. Wally didn't want me to see, which tripped me out big time, but once I saw the finished product, all my worries of smiling awkwardly as people watched, faded away. Why? Because Wally made me look like a Melanin Unicorn.
Her shots are beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Her energy is so creative and free spirited, it really makes the shoot so easy! The angles she worked with, the subtle details she captured in the background, everything. Words aren't enough so see for yourself. Tell me if you too, see the melanin unicorn!
I can't thank Wally enough for capturing me in such a rustic yet chic manner. If you're looking for some new shots, family photos, or need an event covered, make the right choice and look up Wally J. Parker.
Melanin Unicorn Out ✌️🏾
Jam Gamble - Connector of People, Ideas and Energy